NY-23: Hoffman Concedes Again
by Charles Lemos, Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 11:44:51 AM EST
Just over a week after unconceding the race in the NY-23 and after charging electoral fraud, the Conservative Party candidate and Tea Party darling Doug Hoffman has again conceded the race. It's enough to give one whiplash. From Politico:
"Yesterday, the remaining ballots were counted in the 23rd Congressional District special election. The results re-affirm the fact that Bill Owens won," Hoffman said in a statement this afternoon.
"Since, the morning of November 4th, many of my supporters have asked me to challenge the outcome of this race. Their concerns centered on the veracity of the new voting machines used, for the first time, in the majority of the eleven counties that make up the Congressional District. Over the past three weeks, we nearly cut Bill Owens' lead in half. Sadly, that is not enough."
As of Monday, Democrat William Owens leads the race by 3,397 votes, with 628 absentee ballots left to be counted. Mr. Owens led, according to unofficial election night results, by 5,335 votes, but a recheck of the machine vote in the 11-county district put the gap at 2,864 votes. The Democrat has added 533 votes during counting of absentee, emergency and affidavit ballots, which started November 17th. That's right, Hoffman actually lost ground as the absentees were tallied.
Congressman Owens now has 72,711 total votes, or 48.3 percent, while Hoffman has 69,314 votes, or 46 percent. Republican Dede Scozzafava, who suspended her campaign three days before Election Day after being hounded by the Tea Party set, has 8,619 votes, or 5.7 percent.
In his written concession, Hoffman made no mention of the electoral fraud charges that he leveled last week.